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Politically thinking: It’s time to start talking about single-­payer health care

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



Peter Shumlin began talking about single-payer health care early in 2010, when he became a candidate for governor. Shumlin has not said much about single-payer recently. Some single-payer advocates wonder whether his administration is still committed to applying for a federal waiver to permit Vermont to establish a single-payer system in 2017, the earliest allowable date under the federal Affordable Care Act.

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Politically Thinking by Eric Davis: Vermont needs more young adults

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



The U.S. Census recently released 2012 population estimates for Vermont and its 14 counties. Vermont’s statewide population grew by only 270 people between the April 1, 2010, census and the July 2012 estimate. However, the statewide number conceals important regional differences. The four counties in northwestern Vermont — Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, and Lamoille — grew by 2,922 people, while the remaining 10 counties lost a total of 2,652 people.

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Politically Thinking by Eric Davis: Public is still feeling recession

Posted on June 13, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



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Politically Thinking: Shumlin faces re-­election pitfalls

Posted on May 30, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



Recent Vermont history shows that governors lose support the longer they stay in office. Jim Douglas’ vote share declined from his first re-election in 2004 through his last re-election in 2008, and Howard Dean faced challenging campaigns in his last two re-elections, in 1998 and 2000. The same trend may be starting for Peter Shumlin.

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Politically Thinking: Missteps weaken Obama's hand

Posted on May 16, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



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Eric Davis: Congres is weighing e-commerce tax

Posted on May 2, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



In 1992, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not collect sales taxes from businesses that do not have physical locations within state borders. With the explosion of e-commerce since 1992, the National Governors Association claims that more than $20 billion in sales tax revenue is going uncollected each year because of tax-free Internet sales. The U.S. Senate is moving toward passage of legislation that would overturn the 1992 Supreme Court ruling, but whether this bill will actually pass both houses of Congress is very much an open question.

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Eric Davis: Congres is weighing e-commerce tax

Posted on May 2, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



In 1992, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not collect sales taxes from businesses that do not have physical locations within state borders. With the explosion of e-commerce since 1992, the National Governors Association claims that more than $20 billion in sales tax revenue is going uncollected each year because of tax-free Internet sales. The U.S. Senate is moving toward passage of legislation that would overturn the 1992 Supreme Court ruling, but whether this bill will actually pass both houses of Congress is very much an open question.

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Politically Thinking: Vt. Gas decisions made elsewhere

Posted on April 18, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



Letters to the editor, columns, and editorials in recent issues of the Independent have criticized Vermont Gas Systems for trying to obtain approval of the Addison Natural Gas project without allowing sufficient time for public consultation and revising the proposal in response to public concerns. One reason for this criticism may be that although Vermont Gas Systems has the word “Vermont” in its name, the gas company is really a subsidiary of a large Canadian energy complex that is owned by an interlocking network of pension funds and gas producers all across Canada.

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Eric Davis: Sen. Leahy, Justice Ginsburg face big decisions

Posted on April 4, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., recently announced that he would not run for re-election in 2014. Johnson’s announcement could impact the career of Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy over the next two years.

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Eric Davis: In Vermont, only the wealthy are seeing incomes grow

Posted on March 7, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



One of Gov. Shumlin’s talking points in his speeches around the state is that “Vermont’s economy is on the mend.” The governor claims that Vermont has been doing better than most states in recovering from the recession, and that Vermont was the only state in the nation to see actual growth in personal income from 2010 to 2011. While this claim is borne out by the economic data, what the governor does not say is that the income growth in 2011 was concentrated in a small proportion of Vermont households.

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